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Thanks to the Seminario de la Escuela de Gobierno at UniAndes for the invitation to present my work in progress at their seminar on April 25. I appreciate the turnout for the 8 am start!
I am keeping busy in Bogotá while on a British Council Researcher Links grant. With my colleage at Universidad de los Andes, Sebastian Bitar, we held a workshop/lunch with some of Colombia’s top scholars on foreign policy, the Colombian conflict, and the peace process. I have been lining up some interviews, meeting with other scholars, getting ready to give a graduate seminar and speak with a class of government officials, planning a public event, and co-drafting an article on Colombian foreign policy.
The School of Government, which is generously hosting me and providing me with an office and coffee, posted a nice piece on my visit.(Spanish).
They also released sign-ups for the talk I will be giving next week.
— Escuela de Gobierno (@EGOBUniandes) April 18, 2017
In September 2017, I will start a new position in the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. The post is a permanent assistant professorship in Rising World Powers. I will be teaching a graduate seminar on rising world powers and an advanced undergraduate course on Latin American politics, development, and international relations. My research focus will continue much as before, though I think I will have some great opportunities to collaborate with colleagues around questions of regionalism and the dynamics of shifting power balances. The department is usually referred to as PAIS, which I plan to continually mispronounce as país.
Warwick is a relatively young university, but it is consistently recognized as one of the UK’s best research institutions. The whole university is generally in the top 10 overall, and PAIS is one of the standout departments. It is currently rated fourth by The Guardian for places to study politics and IR in the UK. In the last national survey (REF), the department tied Oxford for best research environment and was ranked 4th in research intensity. It has very large and active doctoral and postdoctoral programs. I’m also excited about the possibilities for working with colleagues from across Warwick. In particular, the History department has long been a place for great research on Latin America as well as in transnational Atlantic history. The university is very international; in fact, the new chancellor is Rt. Hon. Catherine Ashton, recently the European Union’s high commissioner for foreign policy and previously EU trade minister.
Warwick is located near Coventry, which is north of London (50 minutes by train to Euston) and quite close to Birmingham.
Here is some general information about the department.
Here my hiring announcement from PAÍS.
A new article is now out in Spanish in Foro Internacional, which most consider Mexico’s top academic International Relations journal. My piece, “Coloso fragmentado: la agenda ‘interméstica’ y la política exterior latinoamericana,” is the first piece in the January issue. The English title would be roughly “A fragmented colossus: The ‘intermestic’ agenda and Latin American foreign policy.” The official text is in Spanish, but I have included links to both Spanish and English versions and abstracts below.
La versión del artículo en español se encuentra aquí.
An unofficial, pre-translation English-language version is available here.
Abstracts below the jump.
In collaboration with my friend and colleague Sebastián Bitar of Universidad de los Andes in Bogota, I have been awarded a “Researcher Links” grant from the British Council. The grant will fund research and workshops in Colombia over the next year to explore how the end of the conflict with the FARC (though of course tremendous challenges remain) might affect Colombia’s international role.
The plan for the project (from the application summary) is below: